Track of the Day: 'Shalom' (premiere)

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

With the increased presence in Notes of my colleague Rosa, a native of Portland, Oregon, where my own family has put down roots, expect to see a lot more Bridgetown blogging. Above is a brand new track from Portland-based experimental pop artist Daniel Rafn, and “Shalom” is about his own hometown nearby:

The album’s [The Hanged Man] lead single sees Rafn posing his birthplace, Salem [Oregon] - translated from the Hebrew “shalom”, meaning peace - as the universal place of harmony that we collectively originate from, and makes public his desire to create art that helps people to reconnect with their own peace. […] Daniel will celebrate the new single’s release on July 3rd at The Liquor Store in Portland.

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